A Taste of Masala Chai Winter Warmer

Newby Tea sent me some samples of their award winning Masala Chai blend recently. Using the finest whole leaf Assam black tea, Newby’s silken pyramids combine cardamom, clove, cinnamon, black pepper and ginger to create the essence of Christmas in a cup.

My Lionel Richie Tea pot had to make an appearance.

My Lionel Richie Tea pot had to make an appearance.

I made myself and Mr WFD some lovely Masala Chai using the recipe below:

Masala Chai Winter Warmer – Ingredients (makes one pot)

  • Two Newby Masala Chai Silken Pyramids
  • ½ Orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. of honey
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • Freshly boiled water

It is a delicious spicy tea blend and makes a change from the usual festive drinks like mulled wine or hot chocolate. I would definitely recommend stocking up on a few boxes of this delightful range of teas, it’s perfect for all tea lovers everywhere!

Newby Tea

Newby Tea

The full silken pyramid range, including Rare Assam, Hunan Green, Strawberry & Mango plus Ginger & Lemon can also be found online at www.newbyteas.com

Neat & Dirty Alcoholic Olives from Olives Et Al

When the lovely team at Olives Et Al sent me a jar of their new range of alcohol infused olives to review I was SO excited. These are the world’s first olives aimed at over 18s and since I love olives and enjoy alcohol, so it had to be a winning combination!

Gin infused olives

Gin infused olives

I wanted to try to them immediately but had to wait patiently for them to freeze. The olives I received were preserved in gin and naturally infused with lemon, and have to be served direct from the freezer to get the full impact of flavours. They can be added to cocktails, gin and tonic or simply eaten icy cold. I’m not a fan of gin and tonic cocktails so I decided to have mine as an ice cold snack.

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The olive dish came separately!

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Up close and personal with a Gin infused olive

They deliver a powerfully boozy kick! It’s a taste sensation that I was not expecting. The combination of the lemon, gin and frozen olives was all a bit too much for me. My tastebuds were in a state of confusion from the cold kick from the frozen olives, having never tried frozen olives before, and the alcoholic aftertaste was intense. I’ll admit I was not up to the challenge of eating all of these olives but for  the sake of a fair review I asked my neighbour to try them and she loved them! Actually she ended up eating all of them and was ready to make some cocktails with them too. She’s a gin lover so it was a winner for her. I think if I had tried the vodka flavoured  olives I probably would have enjoyed them more. They are an unusual and fun foodie treat though and I recommend trying them if only to have them as a talking point at your next dinner party or at boozy picnic in the summer.

Visit www.olivesetal.co.uk to order or find out where to buy and let me know what you think of them once you’ve tried them.